A defendant who is waiting for trial can be released temporarily using a bail bond service. The litigant, the litigant’s family, relative, or friend can submits a document indicating a promise that a specific amount of money will be forfeited if that person fails to return for the trial date. However, regardless of how they want to get out of jail, not all defendants can post bail because they cannot afford it.
This is when bail agencies come into the picture. They are companies that offer help to individuals and their families so they can post bail. Generally, they are paid 10 to 20 percent of the total set bail amount. This sum of money is not refundable. Most bail firms have websites so clients can find them easily. However, do not be swayed easily by the flowery language of their bondsmen. Look for the one that can be trusted.
Find a bail agency that has of good reputation. Research companies that offer bail bond service on the Internet. Check their websites to know how long they have been in service. Choose the one that has good track record and willing to give the names and phone numbers of two or more of clients so that making inquiries about the quality of service are possible.
Check for a license. Bail companies and their agents should carry proper documentation such as a license to operate. Likewise, their websites should have a physical address and contact information. Those who have none should be ruled out of your prospects.
Look for reviews. Most satisfied and unsatisfied clients write reviews about excellent and poor services they received. Try to search for bail agencies that have received positive reviews. Go to www.bbb.org to check if no complaints have been made against them.
Meet with bail agents. Visit a few bail agents to inquire on how the process works. However, it is very important that research of the bail bond procedure has been made prior to this meeting. This way, it is easy to tell who offers a quality service and who does not. Bondsmen must be able to answer all questions quickly and accurately.
Choose the one that can offer easy payment terms. Bonds people are usually there because there is a financial difficulty issue. Ask how they can help improve a person’s financial situation.
More often than not, bail bond service requires collateral which includes jewelry, a car, property, or anything that has value. A friend who makes a written guarantee is also acceptable.